Funding hit to counsel women with high cancer risk

WOMEN at a high risk of developing cancer will have more access to counselling.

About $472,000 has been poured into Genetic Health Queensland to employ more counsellors to support women who have genetic links to breast, ovarian and bowel cancer, or a syndrome, which puts them at a high risk of developing it themselves.

Health minister Lawrence Springborg said the extra funding would allow them to employ two more counsellors.

Genetic Health services areas including Brisbane, Bundaberg, Mackay, Nambour, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.

He said another $350,000 had been given to emotionally and psychologically support women diagnosed with breast and gynaecological cancers.

"Breast and gynaecological cancers are among the most common cancers diagnosed in Queensland women so it is important we have a range of services available to all women," Mr Springborg said.

Earlier this week an announcement was also made of an Australian-first trial in areas including Wide Bay and Ipswich, where women can pre-book breast screening appointments.

About 40 women, who have not used BreastScreen before, have accessed this service. 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

- Women at risk of breast, ovarian and bowel cancer to receive better access to counselling

- Breast screening the most effective way to detect breast cancer early

- BreastScreen Queensland performed 61,845 this quarter

- Available at more than 200 locations in Queensland

- APN NEWSDESK



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